Celtics at Blazers
The Celtics are going to try and avoid losing 2 in a row after losing a close one to the Lakers on Sunday. They are once again without Kemba Walker as they head to Portland to take on a Blazers team that barely beat Detroit on Sunday. I’m seeing Lillard also listed as out with a groin injury so CJ McCollum will need to take on a larger role. I like Boston here to bound back and win this one. I’ll bet the Celtics.
Hornets at Pacers
The Pacers got absolutely smoked by Toronto on Sunday but now return home for hopefully and easy win. Charlotte saw their 3 game winning streak snapped on Saturday as they lost at home to the Nets. The Hornets are 11-19 on the road by 15-14-1 ATS. The Pacers are 3-7 over their last 10 and haven’t consistently covered when they do win. Indiana should cover this one but I can’t fully trust them. I’ll lean the Pacers.
Bucks at Raptors
The Bucks barely survived the Bullets last night in OT and now head to Toronto for a playoff type game. The Raptors have won 2 straight to start the second half and they’ve done so in convincing fashion. Toronto is 23-7 at home this season. All of the money is on Milwaukee and the line is getting better for them so looks a little trappish. I’ll lean the Bucks here.
Thunder at Bulls
The Thunder have won 3 in a row but hit the road to play a Chicago team that finally got a win on Sunday. The Bulls are 2-8 over their last 10 and 12-18 at home. OKC is a pretty good road team and the players got some extra rest in their lopsided win over the Spurs on Sunday. That said, the line is a tad high here and if Coby White keeps playing well I think the Bulls can start winning some games. I’ll lean Chicago.
Pistons at Nuggets
Detroit has lost 6 in a row and are 8-20 on the road this season. Denver is coming off a double digit win on Sunday – a game that they didn’t cover by 2 points. In fact, covering has not been something they’ve done well this season. They are 13-14-2 ATS at home and 18-20-3 as a favorite. I think this line is too big. Denver could cover but I’m going to bet Detroit instead.
Pelicans at Lakers
Powered by the emergence of Zion Williamson, the Pelicans are currently 3 games out of a playoff spot in the West. They head to LA to take on former Pelican Anthony Davis. A day after an emotional memorial for Kobe Bryant, and 2 days removed from a close win over Boston, the Lakers set their sites on winning their 6th in a row. But the Lakers are only 5-5 ATS over their last 10. I’m leaning New Orleans here.
Kings at Warriors
Sacramento has won 2 in a row after a big road win in Los Angeles on Saturday. They face a Warriors team that has lost 6 in a row as they await the return of their team captain. This is definitely a game that the Kings should win and possibly cover. But it’s a tight one. I’ll lean the Warriors with the points.
Note: I do like a lot of the home favorites today but way too chalky to bet (Tampa at home to break their losing streak, Boston at home avenging their loss to the Flames and the Blues beating up on the Blackhawks). You also might find value in taking the Red Wings against the Devils but I’m off that one.
Rangers at Islanders
The Rangers did not trade Chris Kreider and they are ready to make a playoff push. Their post trade deadline opponent is their neighboring Islanders who traded for Jordan Scmaltz yesterday. The Rangers have been very good lately and even though the Islanders have won 2 in a row and seem to be off their losing ways – their offense still doesn’t seem right to me. The Islanders are 20-7-4 at home but I love the Rangers here as a plus line. I’ll bet the Rangers.
Stars at Hurricanes
The Hurricanes are dealing with goalie issue as their last game was won by a zamboni driver. The Hurricanes were very busy at the trade deadline so are well suited for a playoff push. But with Dallas in town this could be a spot where they find themselves a bit overmatched while they wait for those reinforcements to show up. I’ll bet the Stars here.